Beti B is bitiya for now: Amitabh Bachchan
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Beti B is bitiya for now: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan admits the family hasn’t settled on a name for the newest Bachchan. The grandfather says that they are still deciding on one that begins with ‘A’, like that of her parents.

entertainment Updated: Dec 17, 2011 13:05 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan’s Beti B is yet to get a name. Grandfather Amitabh admits that they are still deciding on one that begins with ‘A’, like that of her parents. “Hopefully, we’ll zero in on one that everyone unanimously agrees on soon. My father (Harivansh Rai Bachchan) named my two other grandchildren, Navya Naveli and Agastya. This time, the task has fallen on us, and until we find an appropriate name for her, she’s ‘bitiya’,” he smiles.

Bachchan admits that when his own children, Shweta and Abhishek, were born, he was so busy with his shoots that he couldn’t spend as much time with them as he wished. And even though he’s extremely close to Shweta’s children, they have been growing up in Delhi. This baby is at home in Mumbai and he has been keenly observing every small change in her, having kept a month-and-a-half free for his granddaughter.

“When she was born she looked a lot like Aishwarya, but now you can see a little bit of Abhishek in her too. It’s still too early to say who she will eventually resemble, babies change everyday,” says the doting ‘dadaji’ (granddad), pointing out that initially babies live in a black-and-white world: “I recently read that they start recognising people and reacting to colours only after the first three months.”

The entire family, including Navya and Agastya, are excited about the new addition to their brood. “There’s quite an age difference between my other two grandchildren and this one. Navya is 14 and Agastya is 11, and they are very protective of the baby,” he says. “I hear things like, ‘When she’s seven, I will be 21, I’m going to make sure she does this.’ Kids today are so mature, it’s fascinating to get a window into their world.”


First Published: Dec 17, 2011 12:04 IST